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2018 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (May) – Todd Haynes Reigns, Denis Villeneuve and Dan Gilroy Rise

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As with Best Picture this month, we see the first change in the top spot in our predictions this year. Wonderstruck‘s Todd Haynes claims the throne over Detroit‘s Kathryn Bigelow, but not by much. She is still a major player and actually has more #1 votes than Haynes right now.

The rest of the top 10 is a sea of green with nearly everyone from last month moving up at least one spot. In the case of Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) and Dan Gilroy (Inner City), it’s a big jump into the top 10 for the first time. Inner City just began shooting last month so it’s still up in the air whether or not it will be a late 2017 release but many in the Gold Rush Gang feel it will be and have put their chips in. The point total differences in the 6-9 spots also point to a very tight race where anything, or anyone, could happen.

Alexander Payne (Downsizing) is the big loser this month, as was the film in Best Picture. He drops from #2 to #11.

Michael Haneke (Happy End) and Martin McDonaugh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) are the debuts on the chart this month. Happy End landed an In Competition spot at Cannes, dramatically raising the film’s profile, and Three Billboards continues to pick up steam at a strong player for Fox Searchlight.

From the Other Contenders list the ones to watch out for will be Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Jordan Peele (Get Out, which just landed on our BP predictions) and Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman).

Here are the 2018 Oscar predictions in Best Director for May from the Gold Rush Gang. Keep an eye on all of the Gold Rush Gang’s 2018 Oscar predictions updated LIVE throughout the month.

Green – moves up from last month
Red – moves down from last month
Blue – debut/new entry

BEST DIRECTOR
ERIK
ANDERSON
BRYAN BONAFEDE
GREG HOWARD
EVAN
KOST
JASON OSIASON
KENNETH
POLISHCHUK
DENIZCAN SÜRÜCÜ
RICHARD
ANTHONY
ŞÜKRÜ SÖĞÜT
MATT DINN
TOTAL
POINTS
1 Todd Haynes – Wonderstruck 2 1 4 3 1 1 2 3 3 2 88
2 Kathryn Bigelow – Detroit 1 2 1 2 7 2 1 8 1 1 84
3 Steven Spielberg – Untitled Pentagon Papers Project 3 4 3 1 8 3 3 1 2 6 76
4 Joe Wright – Darkest Hour 6 2 5 2 5 4 7 5 5 58
5 Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk 8 3 5 4 3 7 8 9 7 3 53
6 Andrew Haigh – Lean on Pete 7 5 10 9 9 6 6 6 8 33
7 Denis Villeneuve – Blade Runner 2049 9 7 9 4 4 9 5 9 32
8 Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name 6 5 5 2 7 30
9 Dan Gilroy – Inner City (possibly 2018) 8 6 6 4 4 27
10 Dee Rees – Mudbound 4 7 8 7 8 21
11 Alexander Payne – Downsizing 10 8 10 10 4 13
12 Darren Aronofsky – mother! 6 7 10 10
12 Michael Haneke – Happy End 9 6 8 10
14 George Clooney – Suburbicon 5 9 8
15 Richard Linklater – Last Flag Flying 10 10 9 4
16 Paul Thomas Anderson – Untitled Fashion Project 10 10 2
17 Martin McDonaugh – Three Bilboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 10 1
OTHER CONTENDERS
Aaron Sorkin – Molly’s Game
Alfonso Gómez-Rejón – The Current War
Andy Serkis – Breathe
David Gordon Green – Stronger
Garth Davis – Mary Magdalene
Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Michael Gracey – The Greatest Showman
Reginald Hudlin – Marshall
Sebastián Lelio – Disobedience
Stephen Frears – Victoria and Abdul
Woody Allen – Wonder Wheel
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Killing of a Sacred Deer

About Erik Anderson

Erik blames his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched them together since he opened his eyes. They also watched Miss Universe religiously every year (the pageantry!) and Erik came to the conclusion that the combination of these two things ultimately led him down the path to obsessing about awards and ACTRESSING. He began at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association), the International Press Academy and is the founder/editor of AwardsWatch.

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